As a young child, my mom always called it the pound symbol. I don’t care enough about them to look up WHY they are called hashtags – I only know they are popular now days. # # #
Before I realized they actually served a purpose, I turned my nose up at them and assumed those who used them were just really excited to talk about themselves.
Insert thumbs down.
Lo and behold, they do things. Of purpose! But even still, they are wearing me out these days with their constant changing. *Looks around too see what other tech just jumped to new levels*
I won’t go into my mommy whine fit about annoyances, rather I want share with you what I have been doing to help me organize my thoughts better.
The Hashtag Journal Method
Sometime after the holidays when I was trying to get my life more in order (I think I will always be trying – Jesus I need YOU), I started doing this thing where I put hashtags at the top of my notebook pages. Yes I use cheap notebooks to journal. I just can’t get enough of them!
I don’t always type on my computer even when I have time. Journaling is one of my favorite methods of laying out all that is burdening me. It can be a practical brain dump or a spiritual one.
Sometimes it flows on the screen, other times I need to be away from it. I like to write prayers and praises, and even simple words that help me to remember what I was thinking or feeling in that moment or day.
Somewhere after deciding to blog more consistently, I began to put word topics at the top of the page. They evolved into hashtags not long after.
It felt funny at first but pretty soon I was doing it without even thinking about it. What started out as a way to organize what I wrote about that day (so I could see at a glance its topic) turned into a referral for possible, future blog posts.
I don’t use them all the time, but they are there if I do ever need to grab an idea. It could be a blog article, a guest post, or even to help organize memories, life events, stories, etc for a book that is being put together.
Do you have a method that helps you declutter and organize your brain, and that benefits your writing? I’d love to hear!
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